01/21/2003

Prevention of Occupational Asthma

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) in the Great Britain has published a new
Approved Code of Practice (ACoP) to help ensure substances that cause
occupational asthma are properly controlled by employers.

Occupational asthma is the most frequently diagnosed respiratory disease in
Great Britain. HSE estimates that between 1,500 and 3,000 people develop it
every year enormous costs to society. These costs of new cases over the next
ten years are estimated to be between £579 million and £1,159 million. Some
sufferers cannot work again and others may have to change jobs to avoid
exposure to the substance that caused the asthma. They may no longer be able to
use their specialist skills or may face a restricted lifestyle.

The ACoP outlines what the law requires to ensure that these substances are
properly controlled. Particular attention should be given to identifying and
assessing controls for short-term tasks involving very high exposures. All
employees exposed or liable to be exposed to a substance that may cause
occupational asthma should be under health surveillance and if an individual
develops the disease, their exposure must be controlled to prevent triggering
further attacks.

Further Information


AplusA-online.de - Source: Health and Safety Executive (HSE)